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HANOVERTWP.AplantokillawitnessintheoftendelayeddoublehomicidetrialofHugoSelen-ski was foiled when an inmate at a state prison un-knowingly presented the plot to an undercoverstate police trooper.Michael Joseph Scerbo, 39, had a few seconds of freedom Friday when he was released from theState Correctional Institution at Retreat, Newport Township,beforehewasarrestedbystatepoliceat Wyoming and Luzerne County detectives.Investigators allege Scerbo, formerly of Milford,PikeCounty,offereda“hitman”hemetinthepris-on’svisitationroomonMarch29tokillPaulWeak-ley,42,akeyprosecutionwitnessagainstSelenski. The hit man was an undercover trooper, state po-lice said.ScerbowasjailedwithWeakleyatthePikeCoun-tyCorrectionalFacilityin2008andwashousedinacell next to Selenski’s cell in the Restrictive Hous-ing Unit at SCI-Retreat during 2011.Scerbo was arraigned by District Judge JosephHalesey in Hanover Township on a charge of solic-
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MichaelJosephScerboisescortedbypoliceonFriday.Author-itiessayhetriedtogetahitmantokillawitnessintheHugoSelenskitrial.
Ex-convict charged in Selenski case
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 WILKES-BARRE The city fire department is hoping to se-curemorethan$500,000infund-ing from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that wouldallowforthehiringoffouradditional firefighters.Fire ChieJay Delanesaid he recent-ly applied forthe Staffing forAdequate FireEmergency Re-sponse grant, which providesfunding to hireandrecruitfirefightersindepart-ments nationwide. The Wilkes-Barre departmentis seeking the funds to help re-plenish its ranks. Over the pastnine years, the city has lost 20firefighters to retirement, buthas only had the funding to re-place five of them.“This will go a long way inadding positions we lost and were not able to fill,” Delaney said.Delaneysaidaddingfourposi-tions would help public safetbecause it would allow him tomore frequently have three en-gines in service, compared totwo engines.He’s seeking $533,052 from
W-B FireCo. seeksFEMAgrant
City wants funding to helpallow for hiring of fourfirefighters.
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Only$86,000ofLuzerneCoun-ty’s $2 million allocation for theMarket Street Square train sta-tion renovation has been spent,leavingtheoptiontocancelthere-mainingfunding. The money would come fromthe county’s community develop-mentbusinessloanfund.Countycouncilrecentlyagreed with county Manager RobertLawton’s recommendation tohelp preserve the loan fund by halting plans to spend up to $1.5million to demolish the HotelSterling in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Thefund’s$11millioncashbal-ance would shrink to about $9million with the allocation to thestation, also in the city’s down-town.Lawton said Friday his admin-istrationisreviewingallprojectedexpenditures from the loan fund,including the train station. He of-fered no further comment on thetrainstationallocation.He reiterated the county mustbe frugal with the loan fund’savailablebalanceincasedevelop-ersofviableprojectsrequestloansinthefuture. The fund, set up years ago toprovide low-interest economicdevelopmentloans,isowedabout$30 million from 54 loans. Thefund may never reclaim $6 mil-
County’s caution could put old W-B train station in limbo
CLARK VAN ORDEN/THE TIMES LEADER
ThisstainlesssteeldiningcarattheMarketStreetSquaretrainstationcomplexinWilkes-BarrewillbeauctionedMay19.
County Manager Lawton sayshe is reviewing all loan fundexpenditures.
ByJENNIFERLEARN-ANDES 
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rin Hines and Isabella Termini, above, both fifth-grade students at Fair-view Elementary School in Fairview Township, prepare to weigh their bee-tle during the Creepy Crawlers lab at the Adventures in Science program atWilkes University Friday. The students did an experiment to see how muchweight a beetle can pull. At left, Brianna Space, from Rice Elementary Schoolin Rice Township, isn’t happy to see a snake during the Rockin’ Reptiles &Amazing Amphibians lab of the Adventures in Science Day at Wilkes. Twohundred and fifty students took part in the program.
 TheNationalFloodInsuranceProgramwillexpireinalittleoveramonthwithoutcongres-sionalaction. The program reportedly insured nearly 9,000homesandbusinessesinLuzerneCoun-typriortotheSeptemberflooding.Statewide,morethan$300millioninclaimpaymentswasdistributed to home and business owners fordamages caused by tropical storms Lee andIrene. The program has been operating since De-cember under a six-month extension that ex-piresMay31;thelatestinastringoflast-minuteorshort-termextensionsCongresshasofferedinrecentyears.A lapse in the program’s authorization wouldlikelyhavelittleeffectonthosealready insuredthroughit,buttheFederalEmergency Management Agency says the program willnotbeabletoissuenewpolicies,renewpoliciesor modify existing policies to add additionalcoveragewithoutrenewal. Thatcouldhaveimplicationsforthosebuy-ing and selling their homes, as deals cannotclose on homes in flood-prone areas until thelenderhasproofoffloodinsurance.Kim Skumanick, first vice president of thePennsylvania Association of Realtors, said a
Squabbling endangers U.S. flood insurance program
Dispute in Congress could make buying,selling of flood-area properties difficult.
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 ADMIRING SOME ARTWORK 
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ichard Wojtowicz checks out the artwork of Jacob Pawlowski, 9, at St. Nicholas/St.Mary’s School’s ‘Celebrate the Arts’ program Thursday. Students in grades fourthrough eight showed their talents in music, art, public speaking and culinary arts.
 WILKES-BARRE A formercounty sheriff deputy facing charges in a case where policesaysheharassedandassaulteda womanwhohadbeenseeingherformerpartnerwillstandtrialinSeptember, a county judge saidFriday.Jennifer M. Roberts, 33, ap-peared in county court Frida with her attorney, Peter PaulOlszewski Jr., where they re-questedatrialonchargesofbur-glary,simpleassault,aggravatedassault and harassment.Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.said a trial will begin with jury selection on Sept. 24.Olszewski, a former count judge, also said a hearing to ad-dress motions in the case needsto be held. Among the requestshe noted were: medical records,social media networking pagesand evidence that the victim inthecase,SheilaSult,wasonpro-bation at the time of the allegedincident and may have been in-toxicated.In JanuarOlszewski filedseveral re-quests to ex-clude evidencefrom the case,includinganin-cident Roberts was allegedly involved in at a Mountain Toprestaurant and at her formerpartner’shomeinFebruary2011;protection-from-abuse petitionsRoberts and her former partnerfiled against each other; any statements the two made to Lu-zerne County Sheriff John Gilli-gan and other requests. The case is being prosecutedby Senior Deputy Attorney Gen-eral George Zaiser.According to a criminal com-plaint, police responded to a 911hang up call at Sheila Sult’s Re-gent Street home on July 22shortly after midnight.Police said Sult was intoxicat-edandvisiblyupset,withsevereswelling under her eye, lumpson the back of her head andscratches on her neck.Sult said she was at the mall with Mary Jean Farrell and thatRoberts began calling Farrell’sphoneandtextinghermessages.A short while later, Sult saidshe posted some things aboutthe encounter on her social net- working page on Facebook, andthat Roberts became aware of the postings and called Farrell.Sult said Farrell went to herhouse and pleaded with her totake the postings down, but thatshe refused and asked Farrell toleave her house. While leaving, Farrell got acall from Roberts. Police saidRobertsarrivedatthehouseand when Sult started to open thedoor, Roberts pushed it openand attacked Sult.“Roberts proceeded to pushSult over a loveseat and violent-lypunchedSult(in)thefaceandhead,” arrest records say.PolicesaidFarrellhadtointer- venetostopRoberts’attack,andthat Sult suffered a “violentblow” beneath her eye, causing swelling, blurry vision, a head-ache and lumps on the top andback of her head, as well asscratches on her neck and twobroken necklaces.According to court papers,Sult, 45, was sentenced to thecounty’s Intermediate Puni-shment Program in Januar2010 for 12 to 24 months, withthe first 12 months on house ar-rest, stemming from a driving under the influence-related inci-dent.
Ex-deputy’s plea for trial OK’d
Jennifer Roberts is accusedof assaulting a woman over apersonal relationship.
BySHEENADELAZIO
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Roberts
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ete Lewis, as he was affection-ately known to all, died on Fri-day, April 27, 2012 at GeisingerSouth – Community Care HospiceCenter, Wilkes-Barre, from injuriessustained in an accident on March24, 2012 while serving his churchand God.Pete was born Albert Eugene Le- wisonFeb.13,1935tothelateMyr-tle E. and John O. Lewis in Nesco-peck. Pete was raised in Wapwallo-pen. and lived his adult life in PondHill. Pete graduated from Shick-shinny High School in the class of 1953.He served his country in the U.S.Navy from 1956 to 1960 with duty aboardtwodestroyers,TheRichardE. Krause and The USS Ingraham.He married Marie M. Hess onMay 10, 1956. Pete had a long andextensive work history with factory positions throughout the years atConsolidated Cigar, CoManco, Al-lenwood Steel, Strick Trailer, Data-com Paper Products, and BerwickIndustries, all in the Berwick area.Petealsoworkedforashorttimeasa carpenter’s assistant with DaleAmbose Construction, butcher withHowardCampbell’sMeatMar-ket, Mocanaqua, Dana Perfume Co.in Mountain Top, and Acme MetalProducts, Wilkes-Barre. He last workedforPCM,Nanticoke,wherehe worked part-time.Petelovedlifeandbroughtmuch joy to those around him with his in-fectious laugh and easygoing na-ture. His life was his family andfriendsforwhomhecaredsomuch.He never let life’s problems worry himandalwayslookedonthebrightside. In the early years of his mar-riage when finances were tight, he would be heard telling Marie,“Don’t worry about it, we will liveon love.”He selflessly served othersthroughout his whole life as volun-teer. He was a past member of thePondHill-LilyLakeAmbulance,andmember of St. Mark’s LutheranChurch, Pond Hill, where he hasbeenaninspirationandpreciousco- worker carrying on the ministry of the church. Pete never said “no” toanyone and was willing to serve wherever he felt called, whether it was service to God or his friends,family or community. If there was acause,hewasthefirsttopickupthetorch and lead.In his church, he served so many rolestheycan’tbeadequatelylisted,except to say he enjoyed serving onChurch Council, playing the guitarfor Sunday worship services, sing-ing in the choir and even spreading God’s Word by leading the serviceandpreachingwhenthechurchhadno Pastor. He also served as a Sun-day School Superintendent for theSt. Mark’s Union Sunday School in years past.Pete selflessly shared anotherGod-given gift with most people hemet.Hehadagiftofcreatingmusic without reading any music. Heplayed the guitar, mandolin, banjo,harmonica, and keyboard/ pianothroughouthislifeandwasinvolved withseveralamateurbandsoverthe years. He would play for weddings,birthdayparties,campoutsandfire-man’s carnivals with his brother Ol-iver “Dutch” Lewis in the “LewisBrothers Bandand previously played with Jay Bloom in “TheMoonlighters.” Pete met Marie while he was playing for “RobertHess & The Mountain Gang”. Petestood alongside other area musi-cians and friends including MarvinKline, Tom Rynick and the late An-dreas Derby.Most recently he could be foundinareanursingfacilitiesandchurch-es playing the guitar and mandolinalongside his singing partner EllieMae“Elnora”Shingler,entertaining the facility residents and parishion-ers at church services or socialevents. Family gatherings were of-ten filled with the sounds of Petesingingandtuningupthemandolin with a round of the old Blue Grassfavorite “Red Wing.”Pete was predeceased by hisbrother, Oliver “Dutch” Lewis andsister, Arlene “Min” Alman.Surviving, along with his wife of 55 years, Marie, are son Darrell E.Lewis and wife, Karen, D.(Sheetz)Lewis, Royersford. He is also sur- vived by sister, Hazel “Liz” Smith,Lofty; close brother-in-law and sis-ter-in-law, Alvin and Eilene Craw-ley,SlocumTownship;sister-in-law,RobertaHess,Pringle;sister-in-law,Jean Hess, Greenfield, Ind. andmanyotherrelativesincludingniec-es and nephews from both the Hessand Lewis sides of the family. Petehas always been surrounded by astrong network of friends and he will be missed deeply.
Funeral arrangements
arebyHeller’sFuneralHome,Ne-scopeck,withaviewingonMonday,April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Pete willlie in state at St. Mark’s LutheranChurch, Pond Hill, PA 18660 fromnoonto12:45p.m.onTuesday,May 1,followedbythefuneralserviceat1p.m. with Pastor Debra North offi-ciating. Interment will follow at theZion UCC Cemetery, Lily LakeRoad, Slocum Township, PA.Memorial contributions may bemade to St. Marks LutheranChurch, c/o Eilene Crawley 276 Li-ly Lake Road, Wapwallopen, PA18660, or Hospice Community Care, 601Wyoming Ave., Kingston,PA18704.
 Albert Eugene ‘Pete’ Lewis
April 27, 2012
Rita M.McDermott,83, a SouthScranton resi-dent, died Thursday atHospice Com-munity Care.She was pre-ceded in deathby her husband Robert McDer-mott, who died in 2000.Born in Avoca, daughter of thelate John and Marie HopkinsBlack, she was a graduate of St.John the Evangelist High School,Pittston. She was a member of St.Paul of the Cross Parish, SouthScranton.Ritawasalovingmother,grand-mother, great-grandmother, sister,and friend. She truly lived for herfamilyandappreciatedherSunday gatherings with them. She was anavid Notre Dame Fan, who spenther Saturdays watching her Fight-ing Irish.Her family would like to thankDr. Salvatore Scialia, Dr. JamesStefanelli, Dr. Michael Jalowiec,HeartlandHospice,andhertwofa- vorite nurses, Tracy and Chris, forall their care and compassion. They would also like to thank thestaff at Hospice Community Care,Dunmore,fortheircareofRitaandfor the support for her family.Surviving are four sons, Robertand wife, Katie, Scranton; Michael,Scranton; Jerome and wife, Cathy,Duryea; Timothy and wife, Shelly,Scranton; daughter Mariann Genelland husband Frank, Moosic; sisterMary Mullin, Ohio; brother JamesBlack and wife, Helen, Moosic; 10grandchildren, Michael, Brian, Mi-chelle, Amy, Nicole, Janelle, Kelly and Kristen McDermott and Frankand Jennifer Genell; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.She was also preceded in death by three sons, Kevin, Daniel, and Mar-tin; one sister, Peggy Black and twodaughters-in-law; Eileen McDermottand Adella McDermott.
Thefuneral
 willbeMondayat9:15a.m.fromtheLeonS.GorgolFuneralHome, 1131 Pittston Ave., SouthScranton,underthedirectionofDes-eraeGondellaMalone,FuneralDirec-tor, with Mass of Christian Burial at10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus andMary Church, Prospect Avenue,South Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Scott P. Sterowski, Pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. Inter-ment, Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Da- visStreet,Scranton.FriendsmaycallSunday 3 to 7 p.m.Inlieuofflowers,memorialcontri-butions can be made to HeartlandHospice Services, 38 Main Street,Pittston,PA18640and/ortoHospiceCommunity Care, 100 William St.,Dunmore, PA18510.
Rita M. McDermott
April 26, 2012NUANGOLA – The sewer au-thority reviewed contract pro-posals from13 companies for itsproposed sewer system projectduring a special meeting Friday night. The project is scheduledto commence in late May. While none of the bids wasspecified for acceptance, theproposaloftheAnrichCompanof Wayne appeared to be lowestfor one major phase of the pro- ject: $4,827, 200 for work withinNuangola borough, and DukaEnterprises of Pottsvillesubmit-ted $1,276,555 for the “ForceMain” phase. Anrich’s bid alsoincluded $947,627 for what wasdescribed as “Alternative1” and$382,200for“Alternative2”.Du-ka proposed a supplementalprice of $1,606,150 as well as$529,200 for “Alternative 1.” The force main will be thatsectionofpipingwhichwilltrav-el from Nuangola into Rice Township and Dorrance Town-ship to the treatment plant of the Mountain Top Area JointSanitary Authority.Before the bid opening wasconducted, there was specula-tion that a completed system would cost over $9million. Instead totalbidsrangedfromalowof just over $7 millionto a high of $16 mil-lion.David Pekar, chair-man of the authority,announced that thebids would be tabulat-edbyRichKresge,pro- ject engineer who isassociated with theQuad3 Group of Wilkes-Barre.Pekar said Kresge would reportbacktoauthoritymembers,and,thereafter, a public announce-ment will be made on an award-ing.At the conclusion of the meet-ing, Kresge said that in his view,“the bids are in line with what Iexpected.,” but he would offerno speculation on the outcome.In another matter related tothe sewer project, boroughcouncil, meeting in special ses-sion, rejected on a 5-2 vote thepurchase of a federal surplustrailerthatwastoactasarecord-keeping and operational centerfor the sewer authority. Instead,council,attheinitiativeofCoun-cilmanJohnKochan,actedtolo-cate the center in the basementof the municipal building in aspace that Council-man Ron Kaiser saidmeasures51feetby24feet in comparison tothe trailer being 9 feetby 36 feet. Thetrailerhadbeenapproved for purchaseat Monday night’smeetingoftheauthor-ity.Itwasproposedby Kochan,however,thatpayment on a checkfor $2,995 be stopped and thetrailer purchase be curtailed. In-stead, council will lease thebasement space to the authority for just $1.In addition, council tabled astorm water ordinance pending Councilwoman Elaine Donahueconducting negotiations withAlfred Benesch Engineers onthe price of drawing up the ordi-nance.Beneschlistedthecostas$1,500. Since she was successfulin other recent negotiations with Benesch, when Donahue was asked how much of a reduc-tion she would seek, she said:“50 percent.”
Nuangola studying 13 sewer bids
Total bids range from $7million to $16 million. Councilrejects buying a trailer.
ByTOMHUNTINGTON 
Times Leader Correspondent
At the conclu-sion of themeeting, Kresgesaid that in hisview, “the bidsare in line withwhat I expect-ed.”
CHICORAA westernPennsylvania man is jailedon charges including childendangerment after state po-lice say he bound his 17-month-old son with ducttape then took a picture of the boy using his wife’s cellphone.Online court records don’tlist an attorney for 24-year-old Joshua Maxwell Miller,of Sugarcreek Township, who was charged Tuesday af-ter a relative of his wife for- warded the picture to statetroopers based in Kittanning.
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 WILKES-BARRE
Taxpayers meet Tuesday
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he Wilkes-Barre City TaxpayersAssociation will meet Tuesday at7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Parish, 316Parrish St. All city residents areencouraged to attend. The topic for this meeting will behow to submit a “Right to Know”request. For more information please visit www.WilkesBarreTaxpayer-s.com , or call Dorene Schutz at825-5672.
 WILKES-BARRE
Seniors win Fulbrights
 Two King’s College seniors havebeen selected to receive a FulbrightEnglish Teaching Assistantship and will spend almost a year teaching En-glish in a Europeancountry.Michael Deeganof White Haven andChristine Guarinoof Oak Ridge, N.J., will graduate fromKing’s in May. Dee-gan will leave forBulgaria in Augustand Guarino willbegin her assign-ment in Germany inSeptember. Bothassignments are for10 months. The FulbrightProgram is the flagship internationaleducational exchange program spon-sored by the U.S. government and isdesigned to increase mutual under-standing between the people of theUnited States and the people of oth-er countries. The Fulbright Programbegan in1946, the same year as thefirst class to enter King’s College. The selection of Deegan and Gua-rino marks the first time in King’shistory that two students were se-lected for Fulbright Awards in thesame year. The last King’s student toreceive a Fulbright award was JosephDeegan, Michael’s brother, in 2008.
 WEST HAZLETON
Work will disrupt traffic
As part of the ongoing BroadStreet corridor project, work willbegin along Washington Avenuefrom Broad Street to Putnam Streetbeginning Monday.Drainage installations, roadway  widening, curbing and sidewalk workin this area is expected to last two weeks. This work was intended to bedone under a detour situation 24hours a day, but, in an effort to mini-mize disruption to local traffic, the work will be done while maintaining one lane of traffic.It is expected that this will be ahighly congested area and motoristsshould either allow for extra traveltime or avoid it altogether.Project work continues in the Terrace section of Hazleton for road- way widening and streetlight in-stallation. Downtown work is nowlimited to signal preparation; side- walk and curbing work will resumein the next few weeks.
 WILKES-BARRE
Crime Watch will meet
Charlotte Raup, head of the City Crime Watch Coalition, has an-nounced the meet-ings for next week. The meetings are:• North End,Monday 7 p.m. atSt. Mary’s SocialHall, 522 MadisonSt.• Park Ave Tow-ers, Tuesday, 2 p.m.• Rolling Mill Hill/Mayflower/Iron Triangle, Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St.Andrew’s, 316 Parrish St. Guestspeaker will be state police TrooperMartin Connors.• East End High Rise, Thursday, 2p.m. 295 Scott St. Guest speaker willbe Pat Rushton, Victims ResourceCenter.
 WILKES-BARRE
One I-81 lane will close
 There will be a single lane closureon Interstate 81northbound from the Wilkes-Barre exit, (Exit165B) to theHighland Park Boulevard exit (Exit168) on Monday from 6 a.m. to 2p.m. Crews will be removing andreplacing a12-foot-by-1,000-foot sec-tion of the highway.
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FORTY FORT – If Zachary Young knew the serious reasonall the adults were intruding inhis classroom, he certainly didn’t show it. The 5-year-oldcharmed United Way of Wyom-ing Valley President Bill Jonesinto crouching on the floor andhelping sort various-sized wooden pegs into matching holes.Jones and the other adults were at Wyoming Valley Chil-dren’sAssociationforthelastof fourpressconferencesheldthismonth to argue against pro-posedcutsinstatespendingforearly education and day caresubsidies. State Rep. PhyllisMundy, D-Kingston, has spear-headed the effort, but eacheventhighlightedadifferentas-pect of how she and many pro-ponents contend spending onearly education saves money later in a child’s life by catching and fixing potential problemsduring critical developmental years.Jones and a group of statelawmakers toured the associ-ation’s center, chatting with thechildren and in a few cases get-ting down to their level. WhenJones and Zachary finishedtheirtask,ZacharyandBenZie-lenski, 4, neatly rolled up thesmallrugtheyhadbeenplaying on and dutifully carried it to apile of similarly rolled rugs,thus demonstrating one of theimportant lessons teacher JaneDenon said the children learnhere:Cleaningupandtakingre-sponsibility for the place. The children went back tolearning while the adults head-ed to a separate room for thepressconference.Mundy,apro-ponent of early childhood edu-cation funding for two decades,did the bulk of the talking, cit-ing studies that show quality day care and early educationprograms reduce the chances achild will drop out of school,turn to a life of crime or end upon welfare as an adult.Providingqualitydaycareforlow-income families also helpsparents stay in school or at work, she added, noting that whenGov.TomRidgecutfund-ing for day care “I saw working mothers quit their jobs to takecare of children, I saw teenmothers drop out of school to
Last time to pitch for day care funds
Children’s Association is latest stop
ByMARKGUYDISH
 mguydish@timesleader.com
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Bill Jones from the Wyoming Valley United Way stopped toplay with Zachary Young during a tour at The Wyoming ValleyChildren’s Association in Forty Fort before a press conference.
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Incumbent state Rep. Karen Bobackfoughtoffawrite-incampaignbyDem-ocrat Mark “Duke” Barrett of Dallas in Tuesday’sprimary,andwillnothaveanopponent on the ballot in the Novem-ber election.Barrett, an activist against naturalgasdrillingintheareaandregularcall-er to talk radio, mount-ed a write-in campaignto appear on the Demo-cratic ballot and chal-lenge Republican Bo-back in the 117th Legis-lative District.Running on the platform, “politic-iansshouldn’trununopposed,”BarrettsaidDemocratsplannedtorunanothercandidate who would have lived in the117th under the state redistricting plan.BarrettsteppedinwhenthestateSu-preme Court deemed the plan uncon-stitutional and ordered districts revertto the 2002 boundaries, moving theoriginal candidate out of the district.In Luzerne County Boback received509 Democratic write-in votes to 188forBarrett.Therewereonly97write-in votes cast in Wyoming County and 9cast in Columbia County, according tounofficial election results, making itmathematically impossible for Barrettto win.Bobackreceivedmorethanthemini-mum of 300 write-in votes needed toappear on the Democratic ballot,meaninghernamewillappearonbothballots in November.Barrett was the only significant write-in candidate in a race for localpublic office, but there was a largenumber of write-in votes for seats ontheLuzerneCountyRepublicanCoun-ty Committee for election workers tocount Friday, acting Election Director Tom Pizano said.Pizano attributed the volume to thefailureofcandidatestofilepetitionstoappear on the ballot on time.“Part of it might have been the factthat the presidential primary movesthe election up from the third Tuesday in May to the second to the last Tues-dayinApril,”Pizanosaid.“Justthattheprimary was weeks earlier than it nor-mallyismighthavecaughtsomeofthecandidates by surprise.” There were many ties in which can-didates for municipal office receivedonevoteeach,Pizanosaid,addingthatlots will be drawn to decide the win-nersinthoseraceseithernextweekorthe following week.Otherwise, Pizano said, Tuesday’sprimariescameoffwithoutmajorprob-lems.“It was a low turnout, so we didn’thave as many problems with peoplenot being registered,” he said. “Thoseproblems were minimized.”
Write-incampaignsfizzle out
Some ran as write-in when theyfailed to get on the ballot in time,the county election chief says.
ByMATTHUGHES 
 mhughes@timesleader.com
 
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PLAINS TWP. Plains Township officials are target-ing large advertisements onbenches because some resi-dents perceive them as eye-sores and distractions to mo-torists.OnFridayofficialsissuedatleast 20 citations for benchesthat they say exceed size re-strictions put in place by anordinance enacted last July. The township had allowedadvertisers to display ads onpark benches, but Commis-sioner Robert Sax said somesurpass reasonable sizes.“They’re anything but parkbenches,” Sax said. “They’rebillboards.”Saxaddedthatthenumberof signs increased, seemingly overnight.“They’re like weeds,hesaid.PassedunanimouslybytheBoard of Commissioners tocrack down on the signs, theordinance states that “signsaffixedtobenchesmaynotex-ceed 18 inches high by 6 feet wide.”Mostofthebenchesviewedby Sax and township zoning officialsFridaywerelarger,in-cluding two on River Road which measured almost fourtimes taller than the permit-ted height.Sax said residents havecomplained about the bench-esnotonlybeingadistractionto motorists, but an eyesorefor people living nearby. Through the ordinanceproperty owners will nowhave a say in whether thebenches stay or go. That’s because the ordi-nance also states that ownersof the advertisements musthavethesignatureoftheprop-ertyownerwhenapplyingfora zoning permit for a bench.“That way the people thatown the property have theirsay,” Sax said.Duetofloodingandinclem-ent weather following thepassing of the ordinance, Saxand Code Enforcement Offi-cer Ken Shefler were unableto measure the benches andidentifytheirownersuntilFri-day.Shefler said the majority of 
Writing’s on the wall for jumbo-size ads
Plains Township cracksdown on bench signsviolating last year’s law.
ByJOEDOLINSK
Times Leader Intern
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Plains Township Commissioner Robert Sax watches CodeEnforcement Officer Ken Shefler measure a bench billboardat the River Street exit on the Cross Valley Expressway.
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 WILKES-BARRE The makeshifttent complete with rug and pillows in-side the second-floor ballroom of the Wilkes University student center wassomething Bader Alqahtani thought up. The soon-to-be mechanical engineer-ing graduate and president of theschool’s Saudi Interest Club put it thereto introduce students to Arab cultures.“That was my idea,” said Alqahtani. WiththehelpoftheembassyofSaudiArabia, the two-year-old club hosted ap-proximately 100 people Friday night atitsArabianNightsprogramintheHenry Student Center.“The event was just to show peoplehow we were, how we are and what weare going to be,” said Alqahtani. The country has a rich history andmuch of it is foreign to people in theUnitedStates.Stereotypespersistofthepeople of Saudi Arabia and other coun-triesintheMiddleEastandtheprogramaimed to dispel some of them throughpictures, words and food.During a brief presentation, MamounBader, an associate professor of chemis-try at Penn State Hazleton, spoke of his
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Bader Alsalamatt pours a cup of Arabian coffee Friday as he takes part in the Saudi Interest Club of Wilkes Universityevent at the Henry Student Center.
Getting a taste of the Saudi world
A Wilkes University group tries tobridge the gulf between cultures.
ByJERRYLYNOTT 
 jlynott@timesleader.com
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